glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Do You Order Wine With Dinner on a Cruise Ship.

We usually order a bottle of red wine in the MDR.  They hold it for us for the next evening, too.  

Tags: Wine in main dining room

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JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

We tend to go through a bottle of wine a day,  so I order it by the bottle if any left after dinner I will walk out with a full wine glass to drink in the show at at one of the bars.

I also request wine glasses in the cabin for any bottles that we may carry on.  A good glass of wine at night on the balcony before bed is relaxing.

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

JusMe just posted a wine habit and practices exactly the way I do it.

Unfortunately, this may not be possible in the MDR in the future. 

We recently had a not so good MDR experience on Princess. Less than a year earlier on HAL it was obvious the MDR experience there was in rapid decline as well.

On both lines, there used to be a sommelier to take your wine order immediately after being seated, this practice gave way to no sommelier--instead head waiters were given extra training in wine selection then that gave way to what you have now, wine only if you are lucky enough to get someone's attention.

As far as ordering a bottle to be carried over for the following evening, we have had no problem with them doing so on both HAL and Princess. That was the case up until our last two cruises on Princess. When using the MDR they lost it every time, (one time they found it, took 45 minutes when we were just departing our table for the evening),  with the exception of the first of our last two cruises on Princess.  It was on the Royal and they appeared to make adjustments that corrected their procedural problems. The ship had been in service for a year then, I wondered why it took so long.

In order to continue enjoying cruising we make do by adjusting. That is, by booking dinner in one of the excellent specialty restaurants where the service is superb and meals exquisite, needless to say the wine service there is first rate. When not doing that we simply going up to the Horizon Court buffet, before hand I enjoy my wine on our balcony. Next cruise, in September on Princess, I think I will order a bottle in the buffet and see if they lose it or not. 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

We always have wine with dinner in the MDR, So far no trouble. Even when we carry over.

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Of course on NCL, you can swipe your S&S card and get a glass from the machine.

oh2bcruisin
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I usually just order a glass with dinner, sometimes a second.

I have once bought a bottle of wine, and what was leftover was brought back to me the next night, but for me, who usually only has one glass, I think I will stick to ordering just one glass with dinner, or sometimes a second.

 

SunnysideCruiser
Contributor Level: Second Mate

Of course...what would dinner without wine be like???  I like to get input from the sommelier as to what he/she thinks goes well with the meal.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

On Princess I order a bottle, usually lasts me three days as I am the only wine drinker. On Holland I will buy one of the packages. I have not had a bottle lost yet! Oh my I went and said it. Happy

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I order a bottle in the MDR. Hubby doesn't drink wine, so it lasts a while. I also have a bottle in the cabin. Sometimes I pour a glass in the cabin and take it with me to dinner.

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

I hate to have a opened bottle in the cabin for more than a day. (I drink red) That often happens if I also have a bottle saved in the dining rooms. One of the advantages of an all inclusive like Regent is that even though I can have a bottle brought to the room, at no charge anytime, I forgo that. I find that usually we have a bar or two relatively close to the cabin, so I just go down and get a glass and take it back. If that particular bar was pouring a good red and I want another before dinner I go there again, but if I want to try another bar's red, I do that. Usually we are fairly close to the pool bar so that is my first choice, but they sometimes close early.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

We order wine in the MDR and never had a problem on Carnival, HAL or Celebrity.  I have to admit that sometimes it takes awhile for them to bring it to the table.

 

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